Champagne has the distinction of being a
made predominantly from
the most fundamental of all vineyard tasks,
is a manual operation which
requires specific training and a diploma.
Pruning begins as soon as the leaves start to fall
and may continue until March.
Pruning is halted between mid-December and mid-January to respect the plants’ winter dormant period.
The Champagne making process requires whole clusters
of grapes to be pressed.
Harvesting is therefore done
exclusively by hand.
Did you know?
Over a three-week period, more than 100,000 pickers, porters, loaders and press operators come to Champagne to harvest the grapes, which is the culmination of the wine-growing year.